Today I painted Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan in the gear she wears on Hoth in the Empire Strikes Back.
I have a very special fondness for Star Wars. I will go as far as saying that I LOVE it. When Brett and I first moved in together we knew it would be a forever kind of a situation because we had FIVE copies of the original trilogy between just the two of us. It’s a lasting love, the feelings I have for Star Wars, and I’m not embarrassed to admit it.
What I don’t love is seeing that the majority of the merchandise featuring Leia features her in her slave outfit. Look, I get it. She gives men who used to be boys nostalgic feelings in their nether regions. But you know what? It’s really messed up that most often, that’s the only depiction of Leia that I have to choose from. I love Princess Leia because she is a BAD ASS. She gets out there and fights with her own blasters. She is smart enough to coordinate troop movements and tough enough to jump into the fray. She is more than a victim chained to a gross obese oozing pustule of a being.
I am very excited about this new film, but I am also keeping my expectations in check. I have been burned three times before (Although I still love Ewan Macgregor, now matter what, forever), and the taste of Jar Jar Binks & this moment:
are still somewhat fresh on my palate.
Never the less, I love love love Princess Leia and I am very excited to see where her story has taken her. I mean, I am concerned, like look how sad she looks here:
but also IT’S PRINCESS LEIA, Y’all!
So yeah, I guess I am excited.